The Mildred Lane Kemper
Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the oldest
teaching museums in the country and the oldest art museum west of the
Mississippi River. Established in 1881 as the St. Louis School
and Museum of Fine Arts, a department of Washington University, the Museum
was initially located in a neo-Renaissance building in downtown St. Louis
under the direction of artist Halsey C. Ives. Its collection was formed in
the large part by acquiring significant works by artists of the time.
In 1906, the collection
was moved to the Palace of Fine Arts in Forest Park, a building designed by
architect Cass Gilbert for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 1909,
the public St. Louis Art Museum was formed and detached from the private
Washington University. The University collection, however, remained on loan
there for the next several decades. In 1941 German exile H.W. Janson joined
the faculty of Washington University's Department of Art History and
Archaeology and initiated an expansive program to revitalize the
University's Museum. Over 600 objects were deaccessioned and the proceeds
were used to acquire approximately 40 works of modern art, including
examples of Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in order to build the
"finest collection of contemporary art assembled on any American
Now one of the finest
university collections in the United States, the Museum contains strong
holdings of 19th, 20th, and 21st century European and American paintings,
sculptures, prints, installations, and photographs. In 2004, the Museum was
renamed the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and linked to Washington
University's newly formed Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The
museum opened in its new building, designed by Pritker Prize-winning
architect Fumihiko Maki in 2006.
Kemper Art Museum building features spacious galleries that accommodate
large-scale and new media exhibitions, an intimate setting to view works
from the Museum's permanent collection, and a 5,000-square foot outdoor
sculpture garden. In addition to a thematic installation of works from the
Museum's outstanding permanent collection, the Kemper Art Museum features
both temporary and major loan exhibitions throughout the year, presenting
examples of significant international modern and contemporary art and design.
Visiting the Mildred
Lane Kemper Art Museum
& Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Closed Tuesdays and
There is no charge to visit the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Through August 6, 2017
2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition:
This exhibition features thesis projects by the twenty-five
students in the graduating class of Washington University’s
Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design &
Visual Arts at the Kemper Art Museum. The 2017 MFA
candidates are Meelee Ahn, Heather Alfaro, Waller Huntsberry
Austin, Shawn Burkard, Colton Carter, Jonathan Cornell, Ryan
Doyle, Sara Fleenor, Wei Huang, Kahlil Robert Irving,
Brittany Jasin, Moon Kim, Xizi Liu, Yihuang Lu, Whitney
Meredith, Clayton Petras, Natalie Rainer, Tommy Riefe, Edo
Rosenblith, Allana Ross, Melissa Shelton, Maggie J. Tarr,
Anna Tucker, Kari Varner, and Chloe West.
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Location: The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is located on the eastern
edge of the campus of Washington University near the intersection of Skinker Blvd.
and Lindell Blvd directly west of Forest Park.
Finding parking for the museum can be a chore due to
a construction project.
N 38 38.838
W 90 18.183
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